You can imagine, dear reader, that Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne, captain of Manchester City and the Red Devils, could have played in the African Cup of Nations, and the reason is his mother.
Although his features do not suggest that he is African, there are other things that link him to the African continent.
De Bruyne was born in Drunen, Belgium, and participated in about 100 matches with his country's national team.
He helped the “Red Devils” take third place in the 2018 World Cup and earned the captain's armband in 2023 after Eden Hazard's retirement.
De Bruyne scored 26 goals and assisted 49 others during his international career.
Kevin De Bruyne could have played for Burundi at AFCON 🤯🇧🇮 pic.twitter.com/3A5wMuwUV9
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However, there was another country that De Bruyne was eligible to play in in his younger years.
The British newspaper “Daily Mail” revealed in a report that Anna, the mother of the 32-year-old player, was born in Burundi, East Africa, which means that Kevin could have chosen to play for the Burundi national team.
Burundi qualified for the African Cup of Nations for the first time in its history in 2019 and is currently ranked 139th in the world, but it lost all three of its matches in the group stage and failed to qualify for this year’s tournament.
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The Belgian recorded his return to the English Premier League, after a long absence, during his team Manchester City’s match away from home against Newcastle United.
The Belgian international started the match, which was held in round 21, on the bench, before participating in the 69th minute, while his team was trailing by two goals to one.
De Bruyne played a role in saving City from loss, after scoring the equalizer in the 74th minute, before setting up the winning goal in the 90th minute (+1) for his colleague Oscar Pope.
According to the “Squaka” statistics network, “De Bruyne succeeded, with this pass, in advancing a historic list in the Premier League, as the 32-year-old reached 103 assists.”
Kevin De Bruyne has now provided more Premier League assists (103) than Frank Lampard (102). 🪄 pic.twitter.com/2J5TlGA5Yj
— Squawka (@Squawka) January 13, 2024
She explained that De Bruyne rose to third place on the list of players who created the most goals in the history of the Premier League.
De Bruyne shared third place with England's Wayne Rooney, the Manchester United legend, while he came behind Spain's Cesc Fabregas, the former Arsenal and Chelsea star, who scored 111 goals.
Welshman Ryan Giggs tops the historical list with 162 assists, which he signed with a United shirt.